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Irving Berlin’s America, Part I
Irving Berlin pulled himself up from poverty on New York’s Lower East Side to become America’s most famous and enduring songwriter. Born Israel Baline in Belarus, then part of the Russian empire, on May 11, 1888, he immigrated with his family to America at age five and later taught himself rudimentary piano while working as a singing waiter in a bar and brothel in New York’s Chinatown. By age twenty-three, he was the wunderkind of Tin Pan Alley with more than two hundred hit songs and hundreds more to come--songs like White Christmas, Easter Parade, and God Bless America. Who was Irving Berlin, and what does his music say about America?
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professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and author of "Irving Berlin, a Life in Song"
co-editor with Linda Emmet of "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin"
second of Irving Berlin’s three daughters, and co-editor of "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin"
Originally Aired: 5/23/2002
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